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JAMES CARROLL
James Carroll, Winner of the 1996 National Book Award for his memoir An American Requiem: My Father, and the War That Came Between Us, is the author, most recently, of Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History, as well as nine highly regarded novels. A columnist for The Boston Globe, he is currently at work on a history of the Pentagon.

Forbidden Disappointments: Poems, New York: Paulist Press, 1974; The Winter Name of God, Sheed and Ward, 1975; Madonna Red, Little Brown, 1976; Mortal Friends Little Brown, 1978; Fault Lines, Little Brown, 1980; Family Trade, G.K. Hall 1982; Prince of Peace, Little Brown, 1984; Supply of Heroes, Dutton, 1986; Firebird, New York, Dutton, 1989; Memorial Bridge, Houghton Mifflin, 1991; The City Below, Houghton Mifflin, 1994; An American Requiem, Houghton Mifflin, 1996; Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews, Houghton Mifflin, 2001

DON DELILLO
A native of the Bronx, New York, Don DeLillo is the Winner of the 1985 National Book Award for White Noise, and a three-time Finalist for the Award for novels including Underworld. Winner of the prestigious Jerusalem Prize, he is the author, most recently, of the novel The Body Artist, and the play Valparaiso.

Americana, Houghton Mifflin, 1971; End Zone, Houghton Mifflin, 1972; Great Jones Street, Houghton Mifflin, 1973; Ratner's Star, Knopf, 1976; Players, Knopf, 1977; Running Dog, Knopf, 1978; ; Amazons, (Pseudonym Cleo Birdwell) Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1980; The Names, Knopf, 1982; White Noise, Viking, 1985; Libra, Viking, 1988; Mao II, Viking, 1991; Underworld, Scribner, 1997; The Body Artist, Scribner, 2001

E.L. DOCTOROW
Winner of the 1986 National Book Award for his novel World's Fair, E.L. Doctorow is also the author of The Book of Daniel, Loon Lake and Billy Bathgate, all Finalists for the Award. A recipient of a National Humanities Medal, he is the author, most recently, of City of God.

Welcome to Hard Times, Simon and Schuster, 1960; Big As Life, Simon and Schuster, 1966; The Book of Daniel, Random House, 1970; Ragtime, Random House, 1975; Loon Lake, Random House, 1980; World's Fair, Random House, 1985; Billy Bathgate, Random House, 1989; The Waterworks, Penguin, 1997; City of God, Plume, 2001

CHARLES JOHNSON
Winner of the 1990 National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage, Charles Johnson teaches fiction at the University of Washington, where he holds the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollack Professorship for Excellence in English. A MacArthur Fellow, he is also the author of novels including the recent Dreamer; two collections of short stories; and two collections of comic art, among other works.

Welcome to Hard Times, Simon and Schuster, 1960; Big As Life, Simon and Schuster, 1966; The Book of Daniel, Random House, 1970; Ragtime, Random House, 1975; Loon Lake, Random House, 1980; World's Fair, Random House, 1985; Billy Bathgate, Random House, 1989; The Waterworks, Penguin, 1997; City of God, Plume, 2001

DIANE JOHNSON
A Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction for her novels Le Divorce and Lying Low, Diane Johnson is also a Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction, for Lesser Lives, a biography of the first wife of British novelist George Meredith. The author, most recently, of the novel Le Mariage, she also wrote the screenplay for the Stanley Kubrick film "The Shining", and currently divides her time between homes in San Francisco and Paris.
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Fair Game; Loving Hands at Home; Burning, Penguin Putnam, 1998; The Shadow Knows, Dutton, 1998; Lying Low, Dutton/Plume, 1997; Persian Nights, Dutton/Plume, 1997; Health and Happiness, Penguin Putnam, 1998; Le Divorce, Dutton Signet, 1997; Le Mariage, Dutton/Plume, 2001

PHILIP LEVINE
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Philip Levine is a two-time Winner of the National Book Award, for his collections What Work Is and Ashes. A recipient of awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Prize, he was very many years a faculty member of the University of California in Fresno. His most recent collection of poems is The Mercy.

On the Edge,Stone Wall Press, 1963; Not This Pig, Wesleyan University Press, 1968; Pili's Wall, Unicorn Press, 1986; Red Dust, 1971; They Feed They Lion, MacMillan, 1972; 1933, MacMillan, 1974; The Names of the Lost, MacMillan, 1976; Ashes: Poems New and Old, Scribner, 1979; 7 Years From Somewhere, Scribner, 1979; One For the Rose, Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1999; Selected Poems, MacMillan, 1984; Sweet Will, Atheneum, 1985; A Walk With Tom Jefferson, Knopf, 1988; New Selected Poems, Knopf, 1991; What Work Is, Knopf, 1991; The Simple Truth, Knopf, 1996; Unselected Poems, Greenhouse Review Press, 1997; The Mercy, Random House, 2000

DAVID LEVERING LEWIS
A two-time Finalist for the National Book Award for his biographies W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race and W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, David Levering Lewis holds the Martin Luther King, Jr., chair at Rutgers University. Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, among other honors, he is currently at work on a book with the working title, The Islamic Invention of Europe in the Eighth Century.

Prisoners of Honor: The Dreyfus Affair, Henry Holt, 1995; District of Columbia: a Bicentennial History, W.W. Norton & Company, 1977 ; King: A Critical Biography, Praeger, 1970; When Harlem Was in Vogue, Penguin USA, 1997; Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America, Abrams,Harry N Inc, 1994; The Race to Fashoda, Henry Holt, 2001; W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919, Henry Holt, 1994; W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight For Equality in the American Century, 1919-1963, Henry Holt & Company, 2000

BARRY LOPEZ
Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction, for his epic Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez is the author of works including the multiple award-winning Of Wolves and Men, Field Notes, Winter Count and Crow and Weasel. The author, most recently, of the short story collection Light Action in the Caribbean, he travels extensively around the world, with recent trips to Cuba, Belize, South Georgia and Greenland.

Desert Notes, Avon Books, 1990; Giving Birth to Thunder, HarperCollins, 1990; Of Wolves and Men, Simon & Schuster, 1979; River Notes, Avon Books, 1980; Winter Count; Artic Dreams, Vintage Books, 2001; Crossing Open Ground, Random House, 1989; Crow and Weasel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998; The Rediscovery of North America, Vintage Books, 1992; Field Notes, Morrow,William & Co, 1995; Lessons from the Wolverine, University of Georgia Press, 1997; About This Life, Random House, 1999; Apologia, University of Georgia Press, 1998; Light Action in the Caribbean, HighBridge Company, 2000

DAVID MCCULLOUGH
A two-time Winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize, David McCullough is also a recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, among many other honors. Long familiar to television audiences as host of the highly acclaimed series "Smithsonian World" and "The American Experience", he counts among his most recent works the definitive biographies of John Adams, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Johnstown Flood, Simon & Schuster, 1986; The Great Bridge, Simon & Schuster, 1983; The Path Between the Seas, Simon & Schuster, 1978; Mornings on Horseback, Simon & Schuster, 1982; Brave Companions: Portraits in History, Simon & Schuster, 1982; Truman, Simon & Schuster, 1993; John Adams, Simon & Schuster, 2002

ALICE MCDERMOTT
Alice McDermott is a two-time Winner of the National Book Award, for her novels Charming Billy and That Night. A native of Long Island who teaches at Johns Hopkins University, she is also the author of A Bigamist's Daughter, At Weddings and Wakes, and the soon to be released Child of My Heart.

A Bigamist's Daughter, Random House, 1999; That Night, Dell Publishing Company, 1999; At Wedding and Wakes, Delacorte Press, 1998; Charming Billy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997; Child of My Heart, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002

CYNTHIA OZICK
A two-time Finalist for the National Book Award, for The Puttermesser Papers and The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories, Cynthia Ozick is the author as well of critical works including Metaphor & Memory, Fame & Folly, Art & Ardor, and the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Quarrel & Quandary. Among other honors, she is the recipient of the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Fiction and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Strauss Living Award.

Trust, N.A.L, 1983; The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories, Syracuse University Press, 1995; Bloodshed and Three Novellas, Syracuse University Press, 1995; Levitation: Five Fictions, Penguin USA, 1983; The Cannibal Galaxy, Syracuse University Press, 1995; The Messiah of Stockholm, Vintage Books, 1988; The Shawl, Vintage Books, 1990; Portrait of the Artist as a Bad Character, Pimlico, 1994; The Puttermesser Papers, Random House, 1996; Quarrel and Quandary, Vintage Books, 2001

GRACE PALEY
Native New Yorker Grace Paley is a finalist of the National Book Award, for Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. Among her other works are The Little Disturbances of Man, Just as I Thought, and her most recent collection of poems, Long Walks and Intimate Talks, with illustrations by Vera B. Williams. A longtime feminist and peace activist, she was the first New York State Author appointed to that post.

The Little Disturbances of Man, Viking Penguin, 1985; Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985; Later the Same Day, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985; Leaning Forward, Tilbury House, 1986; Long Walks and Intimate Talks, Feminist Press at CUNY, 1984; Begin Again: New and Collected Poems, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000; The Collected Stories, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995; Just As I Thought, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999

LINDA PASTAN
A two-time Finalist for the National Book Award for her collections of poems Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems, and PM/AM: New and Selected Poems, Linda Pastan is the author of nine other collections, including, most recently, The Last Uncle. A past Poet Laureate of Maryland, where she lives, she counts the Dylan Thomas Award and the Pushcart Prize among many other honors.
A Perfect Circle of Sun, Ohio University Press, 1971; Aspects of Eve, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1975; The Five Stages of Grief, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1978; Waiting for My Life, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1981; PM/AM: New and Selected Poems, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1982; A Fraction of Darkness, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1985; The Imperfect Paradise, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1988; Heroes in Disguise, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1991; An Early Afterlife, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1996; Carnival Evening, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1999; The Last Uncle, Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 2002
KATHERINE PATERSON
Katherine Paterson, one of the nation's most honored writers of young people's literature, is a two-time Winner of the National Book Award, for The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer. To date, her books-including the classics Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved and Jip, His Story-have been published in 25 countries. Among her most recent books are a collection of essays for adults, The Invisible Child, and The Same Stuff as Stars.
Bridge to Terabithia, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1987; The Great Gilly Hopkins, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1987; Jacob Have I Loved, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1990; Lyddie, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,1994; Master Puppeteer, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1989; Jip: His Story, Penguin Putnam, 1998; The Sign of the Chrysanthemum, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1988; The Same Stuff as Stars, Houghton Mifflin, 2002; Park's Quest, Penguin USA, 1989; The Smallest Cow in the World, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1993; Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2000; Preacher's Boy, HarperCollins Children's Books, 2001; The King's Equal, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1999; Of Nightingales That Weep, HarperCollins Children's Books, 1989; Flip-Flop Girl, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1996; The Invisible Child, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2001

ROBERT STONE

A Winner of the National Book Award for his novel Dog Soldier and a Finalist for his novels A Flag for Sunrise, Outerbridge Reach and Damascus Gate, Robert Stone is also the author of the novels A Hall of Mirrors and Children of Light, as well as Bear and His Daughter, a collection of short stories. A faculty member at Yale University, he counts among many other honors the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts and Letters Award and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
A Hall of Mirrors, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997; Dog Soldiers, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997; A Flag for Sunrise, Vintage Books, 1992; Children of Light, Vintage Books, 1992; Outerbridge Reach, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998; Bear and His Daughter, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997; Damascus Gate, Simon & Schuster, 1999

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